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28/11/2013 at 20:06

I have been using brother label tapes. The only problem I have is that most of the labels I have bought recently seem to be made of light degradeable plastic, and seem to crumble or snap easily after a season.

28/11/2013 at 22:57

Non permanent marker (ie white board marker) removes permanent marker.  Just an additional thought.  Have fun. x

28/11/2013 at 23:52

Same experience here with the actual plastic going brittle after only one season, fidgetbones.  They really need to make them from UV-proof plastic.  UPVC as used to make windows would be ideal but google isn't coming up with anything.  I'm sure someone could make a lot of money by selling slightly more expensive but longer lasting ones - a 5 year life would be fine.  There are plenty of expensive ones (some £5 each!) but no middle ground it seems.

29/11/2013 at 07:27
I'm with fidgetbones and have used Brother labelling tapes for years on a not-to-cheap plastic label. They just peel off when I want to change them. I do label my garden because with a memory like mine, I forget where I've put things, mainly bulbs.
Also just to let you know - the mole is back!!! We've been mole-free for a few weeks now but yesterday noticed more molehills in our new front lawn. I think it's time for traps now don't you???
04/12/2013 at 12:55

I'm with Bilje and use the cheap (Tesco's Value) brillo pads, soaked in a little warm water.

I actually cut the Tesco brillo pads into 3 strips with scissors and each strip does at least 2 dozen labels before running out of 'soap'. I then chuck them into the kitchen sink, containing water, to rinse.

Can anyone recommend a really good fine pointed marker that can be used to label? I like to put some detail on some of my labels, like height of the plant, and I run out of label space with the marker pens.

04/12/2013 at 13:14

Lancashire - have you tried Sharpies?

04/12/2013 at 13:52
Clarington wrote (see)

Lancashire - have you tried Sharpies?

I have heard of them but never tried them. I'll give them a go, thanks

04/12/2013 at 14:26

Just bought 3 black fine point waterproof sharpies off eBay for £2.50 with free postage.

Thanks Clarington!

28/04/2014 at 15:12

I thought I'd commented on this thread. How sad that I remember it. I tried putting them in the washer tied in a sock yesterday. What a waste of time, didn't even get them clean then my partner pointed out they are 2p each why are you wasting your time? Because I don't have any left! Anyway. For what it's worth Turpentine gets pencil off, but I'm too lazy to get the ladder out and get in the loft. That's proper turpentine not white spirits. Scrubbing them with a scourer is way to hard work for 2p. I've ordered a load of new ones but until they come I think I'll have to get in the loft for the turpentine out of my art box. 

28/04/2014 at 15:42

Just buy a pen/pencil eraser from a stationery store-the type that has red & blue ends. The red is for ordinary pencil, blue is a coarser texture for ink.

28/04/2014 at 15:57

never heard of sharpies before - must give them a try - thanks Clarington and LL.

I picked a load of labels up from tesco end of season bin - 10p for 50 - but being a war baby I shall be having another scrubbing day when the pile of dirty labels grow too big!

Edd
28/04/2014 at 16:13

It might be because i'm So tight i only got double glazing fitted so the little one couldn't hear the ice cream van and you will only extract a 20p coin from my hand with a spanner because i designed them that shape. 

But i cut new ones out of washing up bottles and use those wire scrubbers to remove permanent ink and pencil marks from them. Its very quick and easy to do.

Lyn
28/04/2014 at 16:43

I get people to save these for me, even though they are free, I still clean and re use.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/44034.jpg?width=307&height=350&mode=max

 

28/04/2014 at 17:32

I use nail varnish remover to wipe clean my labels once dry i use a permanent marker easy.

28/04/2014 at 18:05

I use both sides by which time plastic fatigue has set in and they snap. I slosh them around in a bowl of soapy water before the second use. Mine have a long time in the pots, it's shrubs and perennials I'm growing.

Edd
28/04/2014 at 18:35

Lyn, do people actually think this is food???

Lyn wrote (see)

I get people to save these for me, even though they are free, I still clean and re use.

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/44034.jpg?width=350


 

They will be going to McDonald's next as they also think they sell food. 

Regards

Edd.

28/04/2014 at 21:01
Edd wrote (see)

It might be because i'm So tight i only got double glazing fitted so the little one couldn't hear the ice cream van and you will only extract a 20p coin from my hand with a spanner because i designed them that shape.  .

 

The Cif worked really well, I can't believe I didn't try that before. Much better than getting out the ladders. I'll still have to buy some more though, I did some potting up and now don't have anymore left. By the way, I found UV resistant ones while searching on Sunday. I bought black and a white permanent marker for apple grafts. 

Lyn
29/04/2014 at 16:57
Edd wrote (see)

Lyn, do people actually think this is food???

Lyn wrote (see)

I get people to save these for me, even though they are free, I still clean and re use.

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/44034.jpg?width=350



 

They will be going to McDonald's next as they also think they sell food. 

Regards

Edd.

Nothin to do with me what other people eat.

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